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12-27-2012 09:27 PM
Re: Mayan calendar. The end of the world?

There are more people alive today than have ever died.

Your post reminded me of that fact.

12-27-2012 07:48 PM
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Most people alive today, don't even know what a solstice is.
12-25-2012 01:01 PM
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I found all the talk of the Mayan calendar much ado about nothing, especially when compared to climate change. I went to work on my boat yesterday and then drove down to the beach and right when I walked to the beach, a manatee surfaced. I've been in SWFLA for 25 years and have never seen a manatee on Christmas Eve or day, or this time of year. Usually they are well inland in a warm spring where the water temp is 70 degrees (the Gulf usually being about 55 degrees in December) Turns out, our gulf water temp is 72 degrees. I've also noticed warmer dec, jan, feb air & water temps the past 10 years (the winter of 2010 being the exception.). I wonder why so many concerned themselves with Mayan predictions of doom (a culture itself that largely vanished hundreds of years ago), when we have serious problems that will really doom millions, if not billions of humans.
Why are our heads buried in the sand or distracted by the garbage of pop culture & the society of conspicuous consumption? Oops! I answered my question with my own question!
12-23-2012 06:47 PM
Lake Superior Sailor
Re: Mayan calendar. The end of the world?

I'm happy it's not over: as I'm just starting to really get into sailing, I want to see what's beyond the horizon!...Dale
12-23-2012 06:37 PM
Re: Mayan calendar. The end of the world?

Stephen Hawking would scoff.
I was able to visit Chichen Itza on the Yucatan peninsula. The site is quite impressive and if only half of what the archaeologists think they know is true it is still amazing what the Mayan culture knew about the earth compared to Europeans at the same time. Some of the human sacrifice rituals that are postulated to be part of their culture are a bit gruesome though. The pyramid there was constructed to identify when the solstices occurred which is almost scary and made the hair on my neck stand up.

I'm not sure if you like mystery novels but the writer Randy Wayne Wright wrote a bunch of books about a marine biologist who lived on Sanibel Island. I have read them all.
12-23-2012 05:26 PM

stellar write up Caleb
thank you I enjoyed reading it~ what do you think Stephen Hawking would say about all this? I don't believe there's any science behind it, but I do love the Mayan culture from any aspect
happy Sunday
12-23-2012 03:43 PM
Re: Mayan calendar. The end of the world?

The Mayan Long Count calendar never predicted the end of the world. That was simply Western media sensationalism perpetuated by morons.
12-23-2012 01:50 PM
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12-23-2012 01:22 PM
Re: Mayan calendar. The end of the world?

Hello? Hello?

12-22-2012 11:43 PM
Mayan calendar. The end of the world?

The sun also rises, again. Meh!

This end of the world prediction was about as useful as the Weather Channel starting to name winter storms. Some media nutcase wanted to cause a stir and found some Mayan calendar that ended at the winter solstice in 2012. What might not have been taken into account by these spinners of the news is that the Mayans used hieroglyphs carved in stone to make their ideas known and visible to the world. Is it not possible that they just ran out of stone for carving hieroglyphs? My money is on this idea.

Imagine yourself a skilled Mayan stone carver being told by the high priest to carve out a calendar in some wall of rock. The priest or high official would want the calendar to be as long as possible but lets face it, real estate is real estate. Eventually the carver would have run out of space for the next quad-lenium. So what do you do? You make the priest/official happy and make the calendar go way beyond your great-great-great-great-great grandchildrens lifetime and forget about it, eh?

Not that I believe everything I read on wikipedia but at their page of Mayan calendar information there is a table showing that they had a word for a period of time that might consume 63 million solar years:
Of course, all of this is just speculation resting on the idea that our anthropologists have correctly interpreted what the Mayan culture has left behind.

Maybe our anthropologists incorrectly interpreted the Mayans and we are only a few days, weeks, months, years, decades, centuries or millenia away from the eventual "end of days" scenario.

I don't know but I but the stone carvers who made the Mayan calendars did not know either.

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